Musical highlights from 2012 · 26.01.14

A joyous 2012

Last Saturday of Every Month – Oh Susanna – We ate sandwiches on stage… We drank a lot of alcohol this year. Good people attended. Blessings, really. www.varscona.com

March 21 and 22, 2012 – Hadestown: A Folk Opera – Anais Mitchell’s critically-adored folk opera Hadestown is based on the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Set in Depression-era America, this classic story tells the tale of lovers torn apart not by death, but by the desire to escape poverty by moving to Hadestown, an underground gold-mining community overseen by the merciless Mr. Hades.

The Folk world’s answer to The Who’s Tommy, this Arden Original showcased Anais and her seven-piece band along with a cast of guest performers including; John Rutherford, Stephen Tchir, Charlotte Cornfield, Kris Demeanor, Andrea House, Kaley Bird and Rebecca Anderson. At the Arden Theatre, St. Albert. Tickets at Ticketmaster or www.ardentheatre.com

June 10, 2012 – Blind Boys of Alabama – opener – Now who would of thought this call would come! What an immense honour it was to open for these fine legends at the Winspear Centre. They were gracious and kind gentlemen. They couldn’t have been nicer to me. Watching them play was an enormous gift to my ears, my heart and my soul. Many thanks to the Edmonton Folk Music Festival for the opportunity to play for such a welcoming audience. This is a show I replay in my mind…often.

August 9 – 12, 2012 – Edmonton Folk Music Festival – I played this festival way back in 2004 and it was so wonderful that I thought I had died and gone to music heaven. The second time up to bat was just as amazing. Linda Tillery, David Bromberg, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Rose Cousins… and my highlight – a shoutout of praise and love from Ricky Skaggs. More importantly though, I will always remember our friend who passed away… All roads lead back to Don Snider. May you rest in peace, angel. www.edmontonfolkfest.org